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I put myself under so much pressure and I was so scared and worried at the premiere, because I knew I had to paint the picture of this woman who was loved by the people.
It was my most challenging role, because I was standing for someone I never met and I wanted so badly to portray her character. I felt so bad that I never met her; I felt like I missed out for not meeting her, given all the stories I heard.
They also had an open audition for anybody to walk in. Given the circumstances surrounding her death, how challenging was it playing that role?
It was very challenging, because there were no videos of her and I was required to portray a real person, unlike the ones where characters are not real.
“And that is why a quarter of the film was shot in Bathurst village in a bid to explore Krio as a language.It was a real story; she was a doctor, married and had a life before the incident.I never met her , yet I had to portray her appropriately.Another reason for him choosing Sierra Leone was because the country is closest to his heart for the simple fact that he feels very at home here taking from his blood lineage.
He said his great-grandparents who happened to be Creoles moved to Lagos two or three centuries ago and eventually became Nigerians.
While explaining more about his film ‘Reflection’, Desmond said that the idea of the film came about when he was on a course in Georgia, United States of America, and a Jamaican-American called and told him about the project and the actors she wanted to be in the movie.